Man Utd told Jan Vertonghen would be perfect partner for Harry Maguire

Jermaine Jenas believes Manchester United should sign Jan Vertonghen this summer, describing the Belgian as "the best free transfer centre-half out there".

Vertonghen confirmed his exit from Tottenham after eight years of service following Spurs' 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on Sunday.

The Belgium defender – who can play at centre-back or left-back – boasts a wealth of experience with 232 Premier League appearances and 118 international caps.

Now a free agent, the 33-year-old is likely to attract a great deal of interest and is already linked with Manchester City and Everton.

And ex-Spurs midfielder Jenas claims United should also join the race for his former teammate, insisting he would make the ideal partner for Harry Maguire.

Jenas told BBC Radio 5 Live : "I keep touting him around everywhere but I’m sorry, Jan Vertonghen on a free is the best free transfer centre-half out there.

"If you can get Harry Maguire back on the right side and get an actual ball-playing centre-half as a left-sider, that little dynamic may change things for them as well and he’s free.

" Manchester United will know what they’re doing, they’ll have a plan but defensively they’re miles off it. I know how good he is.

"It baffles me when I see him in the stand every week because I know how good he this player is. I’ve played with him, I’ve watched him and on a free transfer, it just makes sense."

Maguire operated on the left of the centre-back pairing for Leicester and has continued to do so since his world-record £80million move to United last summer, despite being right-footed.

Current partner Victor Lindelof lines up on the right, but United are understood to be targeting centre-back as an area for improvement.

The Red Devils are linked with Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly and Inter Milan's Milan Skriniar.

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